Sunday, March 3, 2013

January Exposure~an Ellie Craven mystery by Sunny Benson ~ review

  • File Size: 466 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sunny Benson; 4 edition (February 19, 2013)

 February 19, 2013

In Fargo, North Dakota, it's January, the mercury is hibernating below zero, and chemist Ellie Craven prefers playing hockey to playing detective. But to protect her family and keep her sister out of jail, she investigates bizarre pranks at her grandpa's rest home, mingles with drug dealing outlaw bikers, searches for her kidnapped niece, and uncovers a murderer who uses an atypical weapon - the frigid Fargo weather.

Ellie uses her intelligence, her chemistry connections, and a sleigh-full of fortitude to rescue her niece and expose a murderer. Everyone's a murder suspect, including Ellie's kung fu queen sister Tandy, her senility-faking Grandpa, her potential love interest Brandon, and her brother-in-law Rick's look-alike mistresses Barbie and Clarissa. But in the icy end, Ellie discovers perception isn't always reality.

My take on this book:
Eleanor Lynn (Ellie) Craven finds herself in the midst of more than one mystery and really it all starts by happenstance. Her sister Tandy seemed to have the perfect marriage to Rick, but when Rick decides out of the blue to leave Tandy,Ellie finds herself in the midst of the battle. When Tandy's daughter Carmen is kidnapped the first suspect is of course Rick. A little digging though reveals that there is certainly more to Rick that meets the eye. Turns out he has been leading a double life which has him dealing with some shady characters. Can Ellie unravel the truth and figure out who has Carmen before it's to late?

Wow, what a fast paced who-dun-it "January Exposure" turned out to be. There was actually three mysteries going on with this one, the kidnapping, then a murder along with the shenanigans going on at the retirement home where Ellie's grandfather resides. The author does a fantastic job of weaving these story lines together without becoming confusing, while also providing more than a few side splitting laughs along the way. The characters were outstanding in this story, and the author, Sunny Benson certainly knew how to bring them to life. To say that Ellie's family was dysfunctional was a huge understatement. I could easily envision Ellie's mother, always cooking something, along with her almost perfect sister Tandy, who totally had another side to her. Hands down my favorite family member had to be grandpa. He was so hip for a senior, and I found myself wondering just what he might get into next. In addition to the family  Ellie also encounters a bar maid, some outlaw biker wanna be's along with several other characters that kept me wondering just who I might meet next.  I felt like the author kept the plot moving along with plenty of twists, allowing me to see what was going on as it happened. I love reading mysteries and normally can figure out the culprits early on, but not so with the mysteries in "January Exposure" instead I was totally surprised and pleased at how the author wrapped up the story. 

If I had to describe this book in a few words I would say zany, humorous, page turning mystery. Ellie Craven is a funny, crime solving amateur sleuth that kept me glued to "January Exposure" just to see what would happen next. 

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